Yes Minister

Season 1 Episode 2

The Official Visit

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Mar 03, 1980 on BBC Two
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When the leader of an African country is killed in a coup, his successor, who is an old friend of Jim's, comes in his place. They negotiate a £50 million deal to help buy oil exploration equipment.

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  • After setting up a meeting between an African dignitary and the Queen,there's a coup d'etat- which throws a few ministers into a tizzy. Until Jim realizes something!

    I enjoyed this early episode due to the fact that it showed that our favorite political innocent was able to do a bit of gamesmanship, come out alright, and shut Sir Humphrey up for a little bit!

    The classic train berth scene is always a hoot to watch!

    All three of our leads- Jim, Sir Humphrey, and Bernard- are fun to watch and they have smart-fun things to say.

    This episode is my personal favorite and I recommend it stongly!moreless
Antony Carrick

Antony Carrick

Bill Pritchard Press Secretary

Guest Star

Thomas Baptiste

Thomas Baptiste

President of Buranda

Guest Star

Robert Dougall

Robert Dougall


Guest Star

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  • QUOTES (3)

    • Bernard: Of course in the Service, CMG stands for "Call Me God". And KCMG for "Kindly Call Me God"
      Hacker: What does GCMG stand for?
      Bernard: "God Calls Me God"

    • Jim Hacker: What am I going to do with all this correspondence?
      Bernard Woolley: You do realize you don't actually have to, Minister.
      Jim Hacker: Don't I?
      Bernard Woolley: Not if you don't want to, we can draft an official reply.
      Jim Hacker: What's an official reply?
      Bernard Woolley: It just says, The Minister has asked me to thank you for your letter and we say something like, The matter is under consideration, or even if we feel so inclined under active consideration.
      Jim Hacker: What's the difference?
      Bernard Woolley: Well, under consideration means we've lost the file, under active consideration means we're trying to find it.

    • Jim Hacker: Martin, what's all this about Buranda?
      Martin (Foreign Secretary): What's all what?
      Jim: There's been a coup d'état.
      Martin: How do you know?
      Jim: Well, it was on the news. Didn't you see? Don't you know? You're Foreign Secretary, for God's sake.
      Martin: Yes, but my TV set is on the blink.
      Jim: Your TV set? Don't you get Foreign Office telegrams?
      Martin: Oh, they always come in later. I get all the Foreign news from TV.

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